In commemoration of World Children’s day celebration, Senior Pastor, Church of God Mission Intl, Church Unusual branch, Rev. Laurie Idahosa recently donated backpacks, laptops and relief materials to internally displaced persons.
As part of the church’s humanitarian gesture, the relief materials were donated to displaced persons camped in Uhogua Community, Edo state.
Speaking while presenting the 1500 backpacks, Rev. Laurie Idahosa said her love for the kids triggered her actions to make sure the children are well catered for.
According to her, when she came to the camp three years ago the condition was very deplorable, and the environment was bad with no good facilities.
“I felt very strong three and half years ago when I first came to the camp and realized that I needed to make all the difference. We have been able to build hostels, toilet facilities, schools, school box, school bench; we come every week to give free medical care to the children.”
“The thing that has driven me the most to the IDP camp is that I have the ability to make a difference, I have the voice, the influence and the access to great men and women who have finances to make a difference.”
Recently, the Edo State Government built and commissioned a state of the art school for the children with the promise of building additional structures and donating text books. So in lieu to this we decided to give 1500 backpacks to the children.
“As a church, we have come with these items as a way of supporting our children psychologically traumatized by the insurgency,” she added.
Rev. Laurie said that the relief items were bought from free-will donations of members in their quest to touch lives positively.
She urged well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, living in various camps across the country.
Responding on behalf of the IDPs, the camp coordinator, Solomon Folorunsho, thanked the church for always coming to their aide. He said the gesture will help foster hope amongst the IDPs.
He further appreciated the Church for helping them set up an ICT department with the first set donation of laptop computers.
“The camp administration prayed ceaselessly for computers to aid teaching, here we have 5 new laptops. God truly answers prayers.”
Prior to the presentation of items, there was an educational fair for the children where the delegates thought them the importance of reading often.
The missionaries, widows and children in the camp were ecstatic with all the gifts especially the laptops to begin the ICT department in the camp.
In the Reverend’s entourage were other top clergymen, including Dr. Gary Whetstone of the Victory Christian Fellowship, Bishop Bob Alonge, and Rev. Diabo.
Volunteers from Church Unusual and Benson Idahosa University helped supply the volunteer workforce and logistics.
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